Presby Psych is a trauma-informed organization. Our trauma clinicians are deeply knowledgeable about trauma and its aftermath. We strive to help trauma survivors develop greater resilience and access post-traumatic growth as they work through the memories, moods, and expectations generated by past trauma. We believe that it is possible to thrive, not just survive, after trauma.
occurs when the person or persons on whom an individual depends for physical or emotional care significantly violate that individual’s trust or well-being. Child abuse, domestic violence, date-rape are examples of betrayal trauma.
is associated with wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution, including failure to prevent or respond supportively to wrongdoings by individuals (e.g. sexual assault) committed within the context of the institution. Sexual abuse in religious denominations, ongoing sexual harassment in a corporation, and gender bullying in the military, are consistent with institutional trauma.
occurs when individuals in high-stress jobs, like first responders or healthcare workers, experience one or more dangerous or deeply disturbing events.
is a response to a significant single event like a natural disaster, car accident, or witnessing a crime.
These are some of the ways unprocessed trauma may affect functioning. It is not an exhaustive list and any one set of symptoms may not indicate trauma. A trauma-trained clinician working in a trauma-informed setting, along with your primary care physician, are best able to help you discern the basis of these potential trauma outcomes.
The impact of trauma is cumulative. The more traumas an individual has experienced and the longer the duration of each, the more distressing the after-effects may be.
Our clinicians attend not only to clients’ trauma-related symptoms and suffering, but also identify and build on the often-impressive resiliencies trauma survivors bring to therapy.
Traumatized individuals are often sure that they will never feel better, be free of flashbacks, or be able to enjoy a full life. We believe that processing and working through trauma while building on resiliencies can restore hope and a sense of possibility in trauma survivors.
The effectiveness of all counseling and psychotherapy depends on the relationship co-created by the clinician and the client. Because of the interpersonal harm often inherent in trauma, the clinical relationship is even more important in work with trauma survivors. It is within the context of mutual trust, respect, relational ruptures and repair, that the trauma survivor heals and grows.
Knowledge about trauma, resilience, post-traumatic growth, and effective therapeutic approaches changes rapidly as neurobiology, trauma research, and models of contemporary psychotherapy evolve.
Clinicians may incorporate somatic experiencing, art, EMDR, deep breathing, bibliotherapy, journaling and other techniques into a comprehensive trauma therapy.
Our trauma clinicians respect that each of us have bodies, minds, and souls. Trauma often harms these aspects of a human being and our clinicians attend to each of them during trauma therapy.
No client is “just” a trauma survivor, or a sexual assault victim. Each is a unique human being whose life includes painful experiences, often betrayals, by someone loved and trusted, and for whom once-useful coping mechanisms are no longer working well. We do not ask what is wrong with you; we ask about the life experiences that bring you to therapy now.
Trauma recovery, especially of betrayal trauma, may take time. Clients must be in charge of the timing and the pace of their trauma work, and our clinicians honor that principle. We are committed to working with a trauma survivor for as long as it takes for them to heal and grow.
Education: Ms. Foster earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a minor in Sociology. While in the program, she worked in a research lab focusing on depression treatment and research and graduated with Disciplinary Honors. Ms. Foster went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from the Joint Master of Social Work Program from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University.
Clinical Practice: Katie specializes in working with adults challenged with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Her experience includes supporting individuals and their families during challenging times including addiction, life transitions, difficult stressors, grief, anxiety, and depression. Prior to joining Presby Psych she worked in Medicated Assisted Treatment helping those on their journey with Opioid Addiction.
Katie approaches her practice with a person-centered perspective to build genuine therapeutic relationships and to help establish safety and comfort for her clients to express and explore their needs and goals. Katie works from a collaborative and strengths-based approach to help clients feel empowered to make changes towards emotional and mental wellness.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Foster is a member of our Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team and the LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Katie’s office is at our Sharon Road/South Park location where she accepts out-of-network benefits and sliding scale fees.